Ah, ASUC elections … how we will be so happy miss thee when the week ends! We know everyone is always pushing for democracy and fair elections and informed voters – but we say, why vote on the issues when you can vote high school yearbook style? So here are the Clog’s ASUC superlatives. It’s not about who we think we should win, it’s about who has the best singing voice! You mean ASUC elections don’t work like the show the Voice?

connor landgrafBiggest flirt: Connor Landgraf (candidate for President with Student Action)

We all know that frat guy stereotype, and apparently the girls are swooning (although some disagree on that regard). Every politician flirts with the masses, but we’d say Mr. Landgraf seems like the type to be a heartbreaker. I mean, he didn’t invite US to the date party. Our only advice is, tuck in that shirt boy, and keep it classy.

elliot goldsteinBest hair: Elliot Goldstein (candidate for President/Chancellor with the Cooperative Movement Party) with honorable mention to Honest Chung (candidate for President with Students for a Democratic University [SDU])

Best hair was a difficult choice, but when it comes down to it, Elliot Goldstein has got it going on – in the hair department, excuse us. Look at that facial hair! It is an art. But we have to mention those sexy green highlights that Mr. Chung reps. We’ll be the democratic university to that student. *wink* read more »


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Sunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

Unless you decided to extend your spring break like some of our professors did, you may have noticed that it was a slightly political week for some of us on campus.

On Monday, former vice-president Al Gore video-chatted with a small group of graduate students at the UC Berkeley School of Law. For 30 minutes, he spoke to the students about renewable energy and climate change issues and later opened up the floor for discussion. Daily Cal cameras not only captured the lecture read more »


It’s the Friday evening before ASUC election week, which can only mean one thing — and I’m not talking about Beat the Clock! It’s time for The Daily Californian’s annual Candidates Forum. Hundreds of students have gathered in Chan Shun Auditorium to hear how the executive hopefuls plan to “serve … every student, every year.” Of course, CalServe and Student Action won’t be the only parties represented. There are a whole slew of independent and third-party candidates present such as Squelch! andDAAP. Stay tuned to this joint live blog with Daily Cal Opinion for consistent (and perhaps snarky) commentary about the candidate’s platforms and presentation.

Watch the ASUC Candidates Forum live at the Daily Californian’s Ustream page.


Thinking about watching Mission Impossible to start the weekend vicariously? Mulling over what Ron Paul had to say? Or do you just simply want to get to class? So there you are, just reflecting on the complications of life when suddenly … HELLO! Would you like to hear about <insert ASUC candidate name here>? Um … *awkward silence*

Well, if learning about the ASUC and its candidates from a different source is more suitable for you, then here’s a nifty guide on the do’s and don’t's on avoiding ASUC campaigners or Sproulers in general.

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DO: Get into cart that drives students around. Plus, you can give all the Sproulers creepy looks as you roll along.

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DON’T: Wear bright clothing that will potentially make you more attractive (not in fashion appeal though, sorry). read more »


yourmomWe’re in the throes of ASUC elections (ah, so that’s what those mobs of overly enthusiastic campaigners are doing on Sproul … it’s okay, we had a hard time deciphering the jibber-jabber they would throw at us too; it all sounded like random sequences of numbers interspliced with overly long names and, god, their smiles were too blindingly big, of course we couldn’t hear them right).

Anyway, we were wondering what in the world would motivate students to volunteer their time as glorified humanoid A-frames for a few days. Their answers were unexpected and uplifting: read more »


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Needless to say, we have ASUC on the brain, what with elections plus the conspicuous absence of certain parties from certain forums ( … forumni? forae?) and all.

Political bitterness aside, the initiative to end bottled water sales on UC Berkeley’s campus has also become quite the hot topic — “hot” also being our way of commenting on the freakishly warm weather of late. Dehydration is no one’s friend; but do you know what is? read more »


hubrisMembers of the major resume builder ahem, student political party Student Action declined to show up for the Daily Cal’s ASUC Candidate Forum today. It appears that since CalSERVE is not running any executive candidates, Student Action decided they had better things to do on a Friday night. They left the Daily Cal a lovely voicemail this morning saying they were passing on the forum to do some “grassroots campaigning.”

Let’s be real here, the forum is not the most serious political event there ever was. But, the ASUC also isn’t the most serious political body there ever was, what with how often its members don’t seem to know the rules of their our organization and end up suspending the bylaws as result … or allocating one program $15,000 twice by accident.

All the same, this behavior doesn’t seem quite in line with Student Action’s party line as “mak(ing) student government accountable to every student, every year.” read more »


And you thought this was over ... People, people, people. The ASUC elections are over. Why–dear god, why–are we still talking about them?

Oh, because members of both CalSERVE and Student Action have alleged that candidates from the opposite party engaged in dubious campaigning techniques? So worth it! JKLOL.

We mean, seriously. When it’s an actual tradition for party leaders to “meet every year to corroborate and compare allegations with one another at the end of elections,” there is a problem with the way things are being run. Maybe that’s politics, but on the other hand, read more »


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We didn’t want to get too close to the itty bitty puppy that CalSERVE had by its home base on Upper Sproul Plaza, lest we be tempted into being biased or something (“OH MY GOD, LIVE PUPPY!!!!! CalSERVE, WE’LL DO WHATEVER YOU SAY!!!”) but, as you can see, Student Action wasn’t the only party to use the ol’ puppy pandering tactic this election season. CalSERVE even had that poor S.O.B. wearing a campaign pin that was bigger than its head. Ridiculous.

But while we’re here, look at this adorable puppy! read more »


When we first got the e-mail from her slate-mate Ricardo Gomez saying, “Eunice Makes My Dreams Come True,” we were all like, “Uhh, no thanks, Eunice Kwon, we don’t actually want the things that happen in our dreams to come true, because then we’d show up to class in our skivvies like half the time and we’d probably be on the run from a psycho killer who looks suspiciously like our hot GSI.”

Thankfully, there do not appear to be any naked people or murderous grad students in this video. Only banana suits:

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